It looks like BYU is learning double speak from ESPN. They never denied the
story was true they simply labeled in "speculation" and said they have a
policy of not commenting on stories they have labeled "speculation."
Sounds like a non-denial denial to me.
I think it's a smart move. Rutgers is not invited to the B1G because so
many New Yorkers love Rutgers. It is simply an "in" to get the Big Ten
Network on a more basic cable tier in the NY area. Yes, some people will watch
Rutgers-Minnesota, but TONS of people will watch the other BTN games and
programs in the NY area.This move helped me make sense of the Pac 12
not inviting BYU along with Utah. Utah was (at the time) the best team that
could provide an "in" to get the Pac 12 Network into Wasatch Front
homes. They didn't need BYU, per se. They invited Colorado because they
were the default team to provide an "in" to Denver homes. Again, while
it was a move to capture the market that would watch any Utah or Colorado game,
it's as much a move to get folks in those areas to watch, say, Oregon -
Oregon State on the Pac 12 network(s).Given this, if the Pac 12 sees
SLC as a valuable TV market, it is very probable that the Big 12 could make the
same decision with BYU.
Rutgers is no where in the same league as any of the Big Ten schools. Under
what scenario would the Big Ten presidents extend such an invite? It's
asinine.No offense intended, but if such a decision was made by such
a prestigious conference, it is well within the realm of possibility that the
Big 12 could invite BYU to its league at any unpredictable moment.